WVU Varsity Sports Update

Redshirt senior Erica Henderson has been named West Virginia University's Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in the opening weekend of women's soccer action.

The Rochester, N.Y., native scored the first goal of the season for the Mountaineers, a header at No. 10 Virginia on Friday. She is the first Mountaineer defender to net the season-opening goal since Lisa Zanti scored against Michigan State in 2003. The goal was the ninth of Henderson's career. Yesterday, Henderson helped the defense record its first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Big Ten foe Purdue. The back line held Purdue's offense to only two shots for the game – first time since August 2008 holding a team to two shots or less.

WVU Athletes of the Week

Week 1: Erica Henderson, Women's Soccer

Special Notes of the Week

  • The volleyball team opens its 2011 season this weekend with the WVU Invitational, hosting New Hampshire, Val­paraiso, Ohio State, Towson and Robert Morris. The match against UNH is slated for Friday at 1 p.m., while the Ohio State game on Saturday at 7 p.m. is "Dollar Night," with all tickets and select concessions available for one dollar each.

  • The men's soccer team is ranked No. 17 in SoccerAmeri­ca's preseason poll.

  • Women's soccer goalkeeper Sara Keane was tabbed Big East Rookie of the Week and defender Mallory Smith was named to the weekly honor roll. Keane, a Mt. Laurel, N.J., native, opened her career on the road at No. 10 Virginia, making three saves while facing 12 shots. She picked up her first career shutout in WVU's home-opening win over Big Ten foe Purdue. Keane logged all 180 minutes while facing faced six corner kicks on the weekend.

    Smith, a Hamden, Conn., native, was outstanding off the bench, logging 23 minutes against the Cavaliers and 25 minutes versus Purdue. She tied her career high with three points on one goal and one assist against the Boilermakers. Smith assisted on Blake Miller's game-winning goal and helped the Mountaineer defense pick up its first shutout of the season.  

    This Week in Cross Country

    The team will continue its preparations for the 2011 season as it trains for the Maryland Eastern Shore Lid-Lifter Invitational scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers completed their annual team training camp in Canaan Valley to prepare for the season.

    Notes & Quotes

    Along with 2010 NCAA Championship participants Katie Gillespie and Sarah-Anne Brault, the team will see the return of seniors Kaylyn Christopher, Kate Harrison and Jessica O'Connell as the trio redshirted the 2010 season ... Gillespie returns as an All-American from last season as she placed 34th at the national championship ... the team will seek its fourth Top 10 national finish in five years this season.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers officially open the 2011 campaign on Friday, Aug. 26 … WVU travels to Germantown, Md., for a match with Virginia as part of the ACC/BIG EAST Challenge … the match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium … West Virginia will then travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers were idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers, who reported for preseason camp on Aug. 9, return 10 regular starters and 13 letterwinners from last season's squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament … WVU also returns 33 of its 34 goals from 2010 and 107 of its 116 points.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The No. 13-ranked Mountaineers return to action at the 2011 Penn State Invitational … West Virginia will face tournament host Penn State on Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a match against George Mason on Aug. 28 at noon.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU went 1-1-0 on opening weekend, falling in the 89th minute at No. 10 Virginia, 2-1, and defeating visiting Purdue, 3-0 … a goal by Virginia's Gloria Douglas in the 89th minute pushed Virginia past WVU … the Cavaliers out-shot the Mountaineers, 12-7, in the season opener for both teams … WVU held a 6-4 corner kick edge, including an attempt in the final 20 seconds with a Drea Barklage header sent wide of the goal … the Mountaineers took an early 1-0 lead off the head of defender Erica Henderson … WVU is 2-2-1 in its last five meetings with the Cavaliers … a strong defensive effort and two goals in the final 11 minutes pushed West Virginia past visiting Purdue, 3-0 … leading 1-0 at the half, the Mountaineers used scores from defender Mallory Smith and midfielder Bri Rodriguez to finish off the Boilermakers … goalkeeper Sara Keane, along with defenders Bry McCarthy, Meghan Lewis, Barklage and Henderson, held the Boilermakers to just two shots on the afternoon … the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead at the 40:43 mark off the foot of forward Blake Miller … WVU outshot Purdue, 15-2, led by Miller and Kate Schwindel's game-high four shots … Keane was credited with her first career shutout.

    Notes and Quotes

    Henderson is the first Mountaineer defender to net the season-opening goal since Lisa Zanti scored against Michigan State in 2003 … the Mountaineers are 19-2-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal …WVU's defense held Purdue to only two shots for the game – the first time since Aug. 2008 WVU held a team to two shots or less … the three goals scored against Purdue are the most in a home opener since a 3-0 victory over Towson in 2008 … West Virginia has played a Big Ten team in eight of the last nine seasons.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia volleyball team opens its 2011 season Aug. 26-28 … the team will play host to New Hampshire, Valparaiso, Ohio State, Towson and Robert Morris in the WVU Volleyball Mountaineer Invitational … the first match against UNH is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, followed by Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m … the Mountaineers will face Ohio State at 7 p.m., on Saturday, and Towson and Robert Morris at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on Sunday … the Ohio State game is "Dollar Night," with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for the purchase of just one dollar.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The team competed in the second annual intrasquad Gold-Blue scrimmage … the Blue team swept the series, 5-0.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers return nine letterwinners from the 2010 squad that finished 15-15 (5-9 BIG EAST) and was one win short of qualifying for the BIG EAST Tournament … the team is led by seniors Kylie Armbruster, Michelle Kopecky, Abby Monson, Kari Post and Serinna Russo … Kopecky returns after being named Best Attacker at the 2010 WVU Classic … the Schaumbrug, Ill., native finished second on the team in kills (249) and service aces (25) … the team's offense will be guided by Post, who has amassed 2,597 assists in her career, currently sixth on WVU's all-time assists list … Russo will replace all-time digs leader Bonnie West … the Riverside, Calif., native finished second on the team in digs with 437.

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